Analog Devices' Level-Translating ADC Driver Simplifies Signal Conditioning for High-Voltage Industrial and Instrumentation Designs : - ADI's difference amplifier eliminates signal conditioning components and high-voltage power supplies.

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Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI), a world leader in high-performance semiconductors for signal processing applications, introduced today the AD8275 level-translating ADC (analog-to-digital converter) driver, which simplifies signal conditioning for high-voltage industrial and instrumentation designs.

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System designers now can use a single component to attenuate, level-shift, and drive low-voltage ADCs in high-voltage applications, reducing part count and board space by simplifying the signal conditioning complexities that often occur in data acquisition, data logging and other high-performance industrial and instrumentation equipment. By translating ±10-V signals to 0-to-4-V input levels, the 15-MHz AD8275 is especially suited for driving higher-speed 16-bit successive approximation (SAR) converters, including ADI's AD7685 SAR ADC. The new amplifier can be configured for differential outputs to drive differential input converters, such as the AD7688 PulSAR® ADC, and can be used to drive lower sample-rate 18-bit converters, including ADI's AD7678 PulSAR ADC.

The AD8275 G = 0.2 difference amplifier includes internal, matched, precision laser-trimmed resistors that achieve 0.002 percent gain error, and 1 ppm/°C (maximum) gain drift. Delivering low distortion and a fast 450-ns settling time to 0.001 percent, the amplifier is ideal for system engineers designing applications where quick, accurate data capture is required. In addition to eliminating high-voltage power supplies, discrete resistor dividers, driver amplifiers, and other signal conditioning circuitry previously required to drive SAR ADCs, the AD8275 saves space by virtue of its small footprint 8-lead, 3-mm × 5-mm MSOP (mini small-outline package).

The AD8275 features a wide input voltage range of +40 V to –35 V and rail-to-rail outputs, making an easy to use building block. Single-supply operation reduces the power consumption of the amplifier and helps to protect the ADC from overdrive conditions. The AD8275 can be used as an analog front end, or it can follow buffers to level translate high voltages to a voltage range accepted by the ADC.

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Product   Availability   Temperature Range   Price Each Per 1,000   Packaging AD8275   Now   –40°C to +85°C   $1.60   8-lead MSOP For more information, visit For more information on ADI's broad portfolio of ADC drivers, visit For product information on amplifiers, visit

About Analog Devices

Innovation, performance, and excellence are the cultural pillars on which Analog Devices has built one of the longest standing, highest growth companies within the technology sector. Acknowledged industry-wide as the world leader in data conversion and signal conditioning technology, Analog Devices serves over 60,000 customers, representing virtually all types of electronic equipment. Celebrating over 40 years as a leading global manufacturer of high-performance integrated circuits used in analog and digital signal processing applications, Analog Devices is headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, with design and manufacturing facilities throughout the world. Analog Devices' common stock is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker "ADI" and is included in the S&P 500 Index.

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